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Comissioner Wants To Turn Watson Island Into A Transit Hub

Watson Island may have an alternative use, if one Miami commissioner gets his way.

Ken Russell wants the city to turn the island into a multi-modal transit hub, instead of a hotel, residential and retail project that has been promised for decades.

According to Miami Today, Russell told fellow commissioners at a recent meeting that the island could be used to connect and finance the Baylink rail project with water taxis, and possibly help finance them.

The commission is scheduled to vote next week on a resolution that would declare the developers of the Island Gardens project proposed for the site in default of a lease agreement for the land after missing a construction deadline. The developer is now just “moving around dirt” to convince the city that work is underway, Russell said.

 

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

A transit hub near nobody? Only in Miami would someone suggest spending millions of dollars on a transit hub with no transit users around. Maybe you build a hub in downtown next to the MetroRail, Metromover, Brightline, and All Aboard Florida? Is that too obvious?

Anonymous
Anonymous

You do have a point. They would need to flush out the idea more and give more details to make sense. Either way they should do away with current developer – they are useless.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree wholeheartedly with you.

Null
Null

They’re already doing that. Miami Central station is already going to be a hub on top of the one by the airport. This seems redundant tbh.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sell the land outright and use the money to fund the metromover expansion

Anonymous
Anonymous

Watson Island was deeded to the city for the recreation of the citizens of the state of Florida and Miami.In the past twenty years that purpose has been distorted to put money in the pockets of the private sector rather than allowing the public to have access. Every place doesn’t need a highrise on​ the property. All land doesn’t need to be covered with concrete and blacktop.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The current developer is clearly in default of the agreement with the City. He needs to get booted asap. He’s had over 15 years of subsidized rent to fully develop this property and has not done much with it save for a marina which nobody is using.

Anonymous
Anonymous

but .. but.. mega billionaires can park their yacht there!

Anonymous
Anonymous

end it with this so called developer…he has used every lame excuse in the book for 15 years and has only now provided a marina ..this is PUBLIC owned land and should be used for the good of such…this guy had an enormous amount of time to finish this and is still pushing dirt around…no more time….end it….im impressed with mr Russell and his desire to move forward with a new innovative use for Watson island

Anonymous
Anonymous

What commissioner?
Does he think with his hands or feet?
Please identify this person so I make sure I don’t vote for him/her

mike
mike

Did you read the article? Ken Russell

Robert
Robert

What is with these transit hubs, has anyone been to a transit hub lately? They’re not much to look at.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Watson Island is the most incredible spot for a public park and marina. Get that graverobbing, elitist scumbag developer out of there with his bullshit marina and trailer park buildings. and let’s not forget how they’ve fenced off the entire area and highly discourage (with his security people) letting regular people onto the property to gaze at the skyline. Maybe i’ll rent a Lambo for the day just so i can go see our city.

Peter Confalone
Peter Confalone

Anything but that over sized, traffic producing, monster of a city within a city bad idea.

Null
Null

A transit hub in the middle of an island?
It sounds silly but makes sense as a hub that’s focused on water travel, connecting it to the bay link and roads. They should have plenty of parking though for this to be feasible. Water transport sounds cool but I’m sure it’s more of a novelty and pretty sure it’s slower. It will really have to be competitive and offer fast direct routes that are faster than traditional methods one a direct link to Brickell key or Coconut grove or key Biscayne? Honestly I’m not sure. A water link to the beach is pointless if it’s already on the MacArthur next to where the train is gonna be which both already take you to the beach by road or rail. There needs to be stuff here for people to do to activate the space. There should still be some mixed used of retail and hotel and maybe even a little office.

Leonardo
Leonardo

What we need there is the tallest building in Miami. With a observation deck at the last floor and hotel, apartments and waterfront dining in the rest of this mega skyscraper. Also with a metromover stop build right into the building. A transit hub there would be useless if there isn’t a high enough demand for people to actually use it. So by building a really big building you plus with the other attractions in the island then a hub will definitely have enough users.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Someone actually floated the idea of a mega tall that would rival the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in that same exact location, maybe ten years ago. The project fizzled and the recession was its coup-de-grace. I think the developer ended up passing away. There is no support for a mega tall in Watson’s island because it would collapse traffic in the McArthur. I think a signature public park, a starchitect garage with a retail component and a link to the new Bay Link would be a better idea.

Terminate the lease
Terminate the lease

Watson Island is owned by the taxpayers, NOT by foreign speculators. By the way, an outdoor restaurant on the site used Port-A-Pottys. It was closed down by the State of Florida after inspectors found 100’s of violation INCLUDING no licenses.

bitg
bitg

1000% behind this…

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